Each day the average American throws out 4 1/2 pounds of trash. In the past, most of this trash was buried in landfills. Today, our landfills are filling up quickly. Recycling is one of the easiest ways that we can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.
The Environmental Services is responsible for implementing various programs to meet state mandated waste reduction goals. California law, Assembly Bill 939, which states that all cities in the State must divert 50% of their waste stream by 2000 and maintain this diversion rate. In response to Assembly Bill 939, the California Integrated Waste Management Act, Inglewood has continued to work to provide economical and efficient ways for residents and businesses to recycle.
Each year, the City diverts more than 50,000 tons of trash from landfills, enough to fill 5,000 trash trucks. End to end, these trucks would span nearly 35 miles.
Through grants from the CalRecycle, and the California Department of Conservation, the Environmental Division administers a Used Oil Recycling program to promote the recycling of used oil, latex paint, car batteries, anti-freeze, and used oil filters, and a Litter abatement and bottle recycling program.
Recycling Guide for Inglewood Businesses
Mandatory Commercial Recycling for Multi-Family and Commercial Businesses
Businesses are required to recycle on and after July 1, 2012. To ensure that your business is doing it's part in "Going Green" and that your practices are in compliance with the new mandatory commericial recycling requirement, please follow the following link to the CalRecycle site to obtain more information:
Businesses Make a Difference
Inglewood generates more than 120,000 tons of solid waste every year and more than half of that amount comes from businesses. The Solid Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB 939) requires that each municipality reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfills 50% by the year 2000.
The Public Works Department’s Environmental Services Division is working to develop programs to help businesses recycle. Your business could reduce disposal costs and protect natural resources by recycling and practicing waste prevention. Together we will make a difference!
Waste prevention is something your business can do today that can significantly reduce the amount of waste that is disposed at local landfills. Waste prevention is any practice that causes a reduction in the generation of waste. Here are some simple and inexpensive ideas:
- Make double-sided copies
- E-mail or post information on an announcement board
- Use ceramic mugs for coffee
- Reuse large envelopes, boxes and packaging materials
- Use scrap paper for notes
- Buy products that can be recycled
Please contact the Public Works Department, Environmental Services Administrator, for more waste prevention ideas for your business.
A representative from the City's waste hauler, Consolidated Disposal Service (CDS), will be happy to assist you in the development of a program for your business to recycle. CDS recycling experts will analyze the amount and type of recyclables in your waste stream. CDS will recommend a recycling program that meets your needs, based on the results of the waste audit. Recycling services are provided at no cost to CDS customers and may result in lower trash collection costs.
After you have decided to participate in the recycling program, CDS can help you to implement it. Your business will be provided with printed materials and CDS staff will be available to present the new recycling program to your employees.
Close the Loop
It is equally important is to purchase recycled content products.
When you purchase goods with recycled content, you help to create a demand for the materials collected in our recycling program. Buying recycled content products is important to develop and maintain markets for the materials diverted from landfill disposal. A wide variety of recycled content products are available. Look for this symbol when purchasing them.
If you need assistance starting a recycling or solid waste reduction program at your business or have any other solid waste and recycling questions, simply contact the Environmental Services Division and/or CDS at 800-299-4898.
- Construction and Demolition
- Special Events
- Electronic Round up- Unwanted Computers and small electronics are collected at scheduled events throughout the year.
The collected material is salvaged for beneficial re-use .